Articles by JJ Harkema

JJ Harkema is a Senior Manager with Easy Dynamics, working with Federal clients on improving service delivery and digital identity services. Prior to Easy Dynamics, JJ worked at First Data and Experian, and served as a Director at Kantara Initiative. JJ has a M.A. in History and an M.Sc. in Public Management.

Passwords are dead (again), and that is good news for government

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently announced that single-factor authentication – username and password – is now officially added to their catalog of bad practices – putting it to the list of things that actually help cyberattacks. To counter cyberattacks, a much better practice is to adopt multi-factor authentication, or MFA. This means the deployment of least two…

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Four Things We Love About the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity

The security of the federal systems we support is our top priority at Easy Dynamics. So we were thrilled to see the recent Executive Order (EO) on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity capture some of the key security themes that we regularly promote, like information sharing, zero trust architecture, secure software development, and response capabilities. Given the recent string of high-profile…

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Three ways the Digital Identity Legislation can improve the identity status quo

When I recently applied for a new credit card, the issuing bank sent me a letter to verify my identity first. The options were to either visit one of their branches to show my ID, mail in a copy of my ID, or provide a recent utility statement. Not wanting to take time out of my day to visit a…

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